Piper-Heidsieck History

Florens-Louis Heidsieck, a young German man, founded his eponymous Champagne House in 1785. 

His wines gained immediate recognition and were soon introduced to Queen Marie-Antoinette at Versailles.

Florens-Louis’ nephew Christian Heidsieck joined the House in 1800 followed by Christian’s cousin, Henri-Guillaume Piper in 1815.

Upon the death of Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1828, Christian Heidsieck assumed control of the House while Henri Guillaume Piper traveled the world to promote and sell his wines, under the name “Piper’s Heidsieck”.

The Heidsieck House became the official purveyor to 14 Royal and Imperial Courts, including those as far as Siam and China.

The success of PIPER-HEIDSIECK continues inexorably throughout the XX century when it becomes Hollywood’s favorite.

In 1933 Laurel and Hardy film “Sons of the Desert” marked the very first appearance of a bottle of champagne in movies and in the 1950’s Marilyn Monroe is said to weak each morning with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck.

From the 1990’s the House consolidates its bond with the cinema by sponsoring major film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin and many more.

In 1995 the House inaugurate a new impressive winery of over 200 stainless steel vats and an exclusive area for reserve wines, to accompany its quest for impeccable quality.

In 2011 PIPER-HEIDSIECK is sold to EPI (Européenne de Participation Industrielle), a privately owned holding company of French luxury brands.

Since then the House continues to evolve, nurtured by its values of craftsmanship, quality, and the continuity in French luxury and savoir-faire.

Piper-Heidsieck House & Style

Today PIPER-HEIDSIECK produces, under the guidance of Managing Director Benoît Collard, impeccably, five million bottles of champagne every year that are sold all over the globe, and are recognized for their distinctive gold and red/black label.

Its champagnes are renowned for their structured fruity style, with a lot of elegance and finesse.

Author of this signature style and impeccable quality is Cellar Master Emilien Boutillat, who took over in 2018 from Régis Camus, named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year eight times.

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